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Monday, 4 February 2013

#245 - 'Jurassic Park' (1993)

"God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs." - Dr. Ian Malcolm.
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'Jurassic Park' is the first film on the list that I have previously seen - albeit many years ago - and it is still as good as it ever was. Considering it is almost as old as I am, it still looked great. Palaeontologists Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neil) and Dr. Ellie Satler (Laura Dern) are invited to the mysterious island of Isla Nublar by its owner John Hammond (Richard Attenborough). Their interest is piqued after Hammond makes them an offer to fund their archaeological dig for another three years - of which they cannot refuse. Also invited on the trip is mathematician and 'chaotician' Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) and lawyer Donald Gennaro (Martin Ferraro). Upon arriving on the island, the group enter 'Jurassic Park', a prehistoric zoo in which its inhabitants have been genetically created using dinosaur DNA extracted from blood in fossilised mosquitoes. They are all astounded by the creations they see before them and marvel at all the the dinosaurs on show. Soon, questions are raised about the safety of the dinosaurs - is it possible to control these beasts in a modern environment? A dinosaur theme park in the twentieth century? What could possibly go wrong...?
The first dinosaur we see in the park.
The section with the kid-friendly animated video explaining how the dinosaurs were created was fun. Little bits like that, that I had forgotten about since seeing the film before, were great. This and the velociraptor scene at the end which I had also forgotten. The animatronic dinosaurs were impressive. Much better than some of the CGI creatures we see nowadays. Most notably the baby raptor hatching from the egg and the well-known T-Rex shenanigans. I was scared of the T-Rex as a child and with good reason. That thing was terrifying, hilariously little arms aside.
Another thing I had forgotten about was that Nick Fury himself was in it. Samuel L. Jackson played Ray Arnold, the control room operator whose repeated line of "Hold onto your butts" seemed a more PG suitable catchphrase than, say, "I have had it with these motherfucking dinosaurs in this motherfucking park!". Maybe something for Spielberg to consider for a Lucas-esque re-edit for the upcoming 3D re-release? Would make it worth paying a fortune to see it again in adds-nothing-of-note-to-the-film-other-than-making-it-darker-and-giving-you-a-headache-3D. Bit of a hyphen overload there sorry. Anyway, I digress. My favourite character was probably Dennis Nedry (Wayne Knight), the tech guy who was in charge of setting up the computer systems for the Park. One of his best moments was one I can relate to, after dropping his glasses in the mud: "My glasses! I can't afford more glasses!"
This guy. He looks like someone we can trust Access main security grid.
This made me chuckle - you had one job Phil...

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